Organic dairy farm permanently conserved in Chatham County

Silk Hope, NC – Lindale Farm, a certified organic dairy in the Silk Hope area of Chatham County, is now permanently conserved by an easement with the nonprofit Triangle Land Conservancy.

A fifth generation dairy and poultry farm, Lindale Farm is Chatham County’s first and only certified organic dairy.  Lindale Farm is one of four NC dairies that produce milk for the farmer-owned cooperative Organic Valley which is sold through local grocery stores.

Lindale FarmThe landowners, Neill and Cori Lindley, chose to permanently conserve the property through a conservation easement designed to shield it from incompatible land uses and excessive development. The 182-acre conservation easement allows for farming and agricultural related structures, but prohibits future subdivision of the property. TLC holds the easement and is responsible for making sure the easement’s terms are followed into the future.

“The Lindley’s are a wonderful example of a farm family that has a long term commitment to their farm and its natural resources,” said Leigh Ann Hammerbacher, TLC Associate Director of Conservation and Stewardship. “They serve as a model for innovative and successful production and conservation at the state and national level.”

The property includes mostly open pastureland and fields with several acres of woodland. The easement protects several acres of floodplain, over 1.8 miles of streams that feed into the Haw River, and prime agricultural soils. Lindale Farm participates in several conservation best management practices, including livestock exclusion from streams and stream buffers.

Additional funding for the project was provided by the NC Agricultural Development and Farmland Preservation Trust Fund and the USDA’s Farm and Ranchland Protection Program (FRPP).

“TLC is proud to have been the conduit through which Federal, State, and Non-Governmental funding sources have been combined and leveraged to protect Lindale Farm in perpetuity,” said Bo Howes, Director of Conservation and Stewardship for TLC. “This important family farm is the latest in our continuing effort to keep the Silk Hope Community a strong agricultural center.  We are very appreciative of the Lindley family’s commitment to their land and way of life.”